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    The Concepts of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Product Stewardship

    Extended producer responsibility (EPR), based on the “polluter pays” principle, entails making manufacturers responsible for the entire lifecycle of the products and packaging they produce. One aim of EPR policies is to internalize the environmental costs of products into their price. Another way to shift the economic burden of managing products that have reached the end of their useful life from local government and taxpayers to product producers and consumers.


    Extended Producer Responsibility

    Liability refers to the responsibility for proven environmental damages caused by the product in question. The extent of the liability is determined by legislation and may embrace different parts of the life-cycle of the product, including usage and final disposal.

    Economic responsibility means the producer will cover all the part of the costs for collection, recycling, or final disposal of the product manufactured. These costs could be paid directly by the producer or by the special fee.

    Physical responsibility is used to characterize the systems where the manufacturer is involved in the actual physical management of the products or the effects of the products. 

    Informative responsibility signifies several different possibilities to extend responsibility for the products by requiring producers to supply information on the environmental properties of the products manufactured. 

    Product Stewardship is gaining in popularity because of its less regulatory nature and its recognition that other parties have a role to play. 

    Product Stewardship: means that all parties – designers, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, consumers, recyclers, and disposers – involved in producing, selling, or using a product take responsibility for the full environmental and economic impacts of that product.

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